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One Fearful Yellow Eye: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 8 | [John D. MacDonald]

One Fearful Yellow Eye: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 8

How to you extort $600,000 from a dying man? Someone had done it very quietly and skilfully to the husband of Travis McGee's ex-girlfriend. McGee flies to Chicago to help untangle the mess and discovers that, although Dr. Fortner Geis had led an exemplary life, there were those who'd take advantage of one "indiscretion" and bring down the whole family. McGee also discovers he likes a few members of the family far too much to let that happen....
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How to you extort $600,000 from a dying man? Someone had done it very quietly and skilfully to the husband of Travis McGee's ex-girlfriend. McGee flies to Chicago to help untangle the mess and discovers that, although Dr. Fortner Geis had led an exemplary life, there were those who'd take advantage of one "indiscretion" and bring down the whole family. McGee also discovers he likes a few members of the family far too much to let that happen....

©1966 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Renewal © 1994 Maynard MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Constance Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 05-09-12
    Constance Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 05-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It seems over but then it gets REALLY interesting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It's flawlessly constructed.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Travis McGee is brutish and intuitive.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    Well, this series is all about Travis McGee--a very interesting fellow.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Cant tell you--it would spoil it. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beverlie Magalia, CA, United States 01-02-13
    Beverlie Magalia, CA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Still love John D."
    Where does One Fearful Yellow Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very good listen while driving.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Fearful Yellow Eye?

    Travis extricating himself from the grasp of a lonely, hot housewife.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim O'Neill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12
    Tim O'Neill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Exceptional Series"

    I am on my 20th book from this series, which I started reading just a few weeks ago. They all seem to blend together but they're all very good. Start at #1 and work your way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Thomas 07-23-12
    P. Thomas 07-23-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Love Travis McGee"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Baby boomers would enjoy visiting the 60's with all the simplicity of life on a basic level. We find the personal struggles haven't changed much in the past 50 years.


    What about Robert Petkoff???s performance did you like?

    Petkoff is mesmerizing. Sometimes I find myself stopped in the midst of what I'm doing to listen to his story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!!


    Any additional comments?

    Love Travis McGee.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 07-10-12
    Amazon Customer United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A nice suprise"

    I hadn't expected the way this one would end. The twists near the end caught me completely by suprise. An excellent book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Carrollton, TX, United States 05-01-12
    John Carrollton, TX, United States 05-01-12

    I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.

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    "A fun read"

    I first read most of John D McDonald's novels at first printing. This book was a fun read then. Today, I listened to the audio version and enjoyed it for some of the same reasons, but I found any references to cost, technology, and the relative values of the time most interesting. To say I was impressed with the plot/story line, writing today as much as I did in the 60's would be misleading. JOHN D. just doesn't match up to current mystery writers like Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, or even Clive Cussler. However, this is still a fun read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    rick 07-16-14
    rick 07-16-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Winter in Chicago and a Nightmare From the Past"

    Travis McGee receives a call for help from his old friend Glory Doyle; her husband Fortner Geis a noted surgeon died of cancer and $400,000 1968 dollars is missing with no trail. Both of the doctor's Children feel certain that Glory is behind the loss of their inheritance so she gets no support from those who were part of his life before they met. As Travis ambles around Chicago talking to the family and friends of the doctor he begins to discern patterns in the events of the last year on the good doctor and his loved ones.
    An emergency summons blows the case open and the doctors's beautiful but repressed daughter reveals a morass of Freudian feelings about daddy. Her next move of course is to jump Travis momentarily; then immediately puts the brakes on her libido but a breakthrough has happened. They agree that this mutual attraction should progress.
    However unknown to all but one character in this book an evil from the past is influencing current events and will come to effect McGee and those he holds dear and will; in the end touch everyone in the Geis family.
    With certain exceptions along the way I enjoyed this book. As is per usual MacDonald's plot is solid, the story moves quickly containing just enough detail to flesh out the story line without bogging it down and though his view of women predates the baby boom era even the female characters are rounded and well formed. Plus his strength in story telling make this a compelling read and or listen. One reservation is the reader; perhaps someone should have explained to him that this wasn't Shakespeare or even Wuthering Heights.

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    Shana Easton, MD, United States 12-29-13
    Shana Easton, MD, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "What MacD doesn't write widens your eyes!"
    Would you listen to One Fearful Yellow Eye again? Why?

    Great story with an excellent reader. John D. is an awesome writer with deep insights into human nature.


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Petkoff makes the characters real. His reading can make your breath stop and your heart pound. Pacing. Characterization. Tone. Awesome!


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    Raymond Madison, WI, United States 09-18-12
    Raymond Madison, WI, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2000
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    "Just the Best!"
    Where does One Fearful Yellow Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    MacDonald's stories are complex yet rather easy to follow and very entertaining. The author has that rare talent for lulling the reader into thinking the story is over but then springs a real shocker at the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Aside from a terrific and entertaining plot, MacDonald inserts his own philosophy about people that brings life and vitality to the story. And even though the books were written in the 1960s, his world views seem very contemporary.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    Robert Petkoff could read the dictionary and make it sound exciting. When he changes voices to reflect the many and varied characters you think that there must be more than just Petkoff speaking. And, unlike some narrators, Robert doesn't sound like he's reading. Travis McGee becomes real, the characters become real, and the story becomes real. And all the while someone is telling this crasy story.


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    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 10-07-13
    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2011

    spa wench

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    "anachronisms make this tough-going"

    I'll be honest, I haven't finished this yet. I can only listen for about 30 minutes at a time once or twice a week. I don't know if the story was actually written in the dark ages or if it is a plot device, but this is absolutely written in man's-man tone. It oozes flinty stares and cigar smoke and tough guys and gum-shoe detecting and dames. There is quite a bit of ethnic profiling and subtext. The characters are fairly stereotypical and the women are mostly delivered in the same tone. They are either "gosh golly, Trav..." kinda gals, cynical ice-maiden harridens or trusty side-kick dames.
    I am not saying there is anything wrong with this type of writing, I am just finding it hard going and a distraction from the storyline. i might try something more current by this author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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